By John Shumway

CRAFTON (KDKA) – Sunday just before 9 p.m., the employees of the Family Dollar in Crafton were getting ready to close.

They were counting the money from one register with the under counter safe slightly open as they were taught to do ready to quickly take in the money.

That’s when a man approached one of the clerks to purchase deodorant.

“Once my cash register popped open, that’s when he pulled the gun on me and he ordered me to give him all the money that we had – every bit of the money we had – so I did as told. I had the gun in my face. I did as told. I put the money in the bag,” Brian said.

Brian and the other employees of the store did what they say the company employee’s manual tells them to do.

But Tuesday when Brian arrived to work, he was met by the district manager.

“That’s when he looked at me and said, ‘We [no longer have] use for you.’

“And I said, ‘I get to go home?’

“And he said, ‘No, you’re fired.’

“And I was like, ‘For what?’

“He said, ‘You’re fired for failure to protect our money.’

“I can’t protect the money when I have a gun to my face,” Brian continued. “I’m not dying over Family Dollar.”

Brian’s boss, Mark Redpath, was also fired. His dismissal was reportedly for not making bank deposits which resulted in the store losing about $5,000 in the robbery.

Family Dollar has not returned calls for comment on the firings. The robbery suspect remains at large.

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